Decorating Ideas for Cupcakes With Team Logos As a Super Bowl Dessert

Everyone makes cupcakes. They are so simple to make, and make a great presentation. They can be made in any flavor, decorated or not, and are always a sought after treat. If one has a little artistic ability they can be made elaborately, though this is not a requirement for the enjoyment they bring.

I decided to try out some thoughts and designs, and will pass on my results here. Making cupcakes is as simple as having muffin tins and paper liners. Even the paper liners are not mandatory, though they help make it cleaner to pick up and move. Making a cake mix, either from scratch or from a box and filling muffin papers about half way and baking for slightly less time than a full cake layer is all easy as 1, 2, 3.

Once made, if decorating muffins is a frightening prospect, let that go and just enjoy. A simple smear of icing will make a delightfully edible treat. Actual decorating is really just, well, the icing on the cake. The main idea is to enjoy the process and have treats for guests and family. This year, the team colors are purple, black and metallic gold for the Ravens and red, metallic gold and white for the 49ers. These colors, or some combination, can be used as the main icing color or in combinations. The other color would be green to mimic turf.

Party decorating shops or cake decorating shops will likely have little decorations to use, such as little footballs or goal posts and such. If you choose to take the time to make your own, you might look for a small candy mold in football shapes. Melting chocolate or chocolate bark and filling the molds is quick and easy. Once the halves are chilled and hard, a dab of melted chocolate will glue the halves together. Allow to set and then make the laces down the side with white icing and a small holed icing tip.

Decorate some cupcakes with brightly green tinted icing and either just smear it on or use an icing tip number 233 to mimic grass. Even a small star tip can be used to create a grass effect. Set a little chocolate football onto the grass and there you have it. If you already have small Easter egg molds, these can be used the same way, by just planting the rounded end down onto the green icing grass surface.

I chose to attempt a loose facsimile of the actual logo for the teams. Making a brilliant red frosting for the background field of the 49ers look, I used a flat icing tip number 45 to make a rectangle in an approximate gold color over top. I piped in 49ERS in red using a number 4 round holed tip, then outlined the letters and numbers in white using a number 3 round holed tip. For the Ravens, I frosted the cupcake in deep purple. Using a toothpick, I traced an approximation of the raven logo, and then used black icing and a number 3 round holed tip to copy over that traced outline. I used white icing and a number 3 round holed tip to trace around the black icing to make the figure more noticeable. All in all, they are attractive and colorful.

Whether you take the time needed for making team logos or not, the goal is to have a sweet treat for all to enjoy. If you do not have the skills to use all the icing tips mentioned, simply spread on a couple of the team colors, half and half on top of a cupcake. Or ice the cupcakes in any color you prefer and pipe on RAVENS or 49ERS on each. The ways to decorate are only limited by your imagination. I hope these ideas will spark an idea for you.

Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I hope it was informative and helped you along your own culinary journey.

Baltimore Ravens – The Brief History

A professional American Football Team, the Baltimore Ravens is based in Baltimore, Maryland. They are a member of the National Football League (NFL), the largest American football league in the planet, and are one of four member teams in the American Football Conference (AFC) North Division. The Ravens’ football uniforms are colored black, gold, and purple. They play at the PSINet Stadium in Baltimore.

The Birth of the Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens was founded after the 1995 NFL season, when Arthur B. Modell, owner of what was then Cleveland Browns, decided to move his team to Baltimore and renamed it as the Ravens (a new Cleveland Browns franchise was put up in 1999), which came from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” (Poe lived in Baltimore during the 1830s). Modell brought with him a team of veteran football players including running back Earnest Byner and quarterback Vinny Testaverde, and hired Ted Marchibroda, former Baltimore Colts coach, to lead the new Ravens team. Despite the roster of star players and a long record of wins for Marchibroda in the mid-1970s when he was handling the Colts, the Ravens struggled in the 1996 and 1997 NFL season, and ended up finishing at the bottom. After the 1997 season, Testaverde left the team and signed with the New York Jets as a free agent. In the 1998 season, the Ravens had six wins and ten losses, and it was then that the Ravens hired Brian Billick, Minnesota Vikings offensive, as their head coach.

Three Consecutive Losing Seasons

The Ravens didn’t have a successful beginning as it flopped in its first two seasons. The 1996 Season was the first season of the Ravens, where they played at the old Memorial Stadium of Baltimore and finishing a dismal record of 4-12. The 1997 season was more promising, starting off with a record of 3-1. Ravens player Peter Boulware also got the AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year Award having 11.5 sacks. When the season ended, however, the Ravens finished with a score of 6-9-1. Vinny Testaverde who then left for the New York Jets, was replaced by Jim Harbaugh, originally from Indianapolis Colts and then later by Eric Zeier. Priest Holmes, running 1,000 yards for the Ravens, also joined the team, as well as cornerback Rod Woodson. Still, the Ravens lost 6-10. Marchibroda was finally replaced by Brian Billick as head coach in 1999. The 1999 season was a big improvement , managing an 8-8 record.

The 2000 Super Bowl Championship

Under the wing of Brian Billick in the 2000 NFL season, the Ravens rebuilt their team and strengthened their defense. They became more aggressive and picky with free agent signings and draft pick ups. Led by one of the top defenders and leading tacklers in MFL history, linebacker Ray Lewis, the Ravens achieved a record-low 165 defense and allowed only 23 points in the postseason. In the Super Bowl XXXV, they finally won a 34-7 victory against the New York Giants and was announced as the champion for that season.

A London Love Affair

When I was 16, I got to take a trip to London. I can’t even begin to explain how amazing it was. Luckily, I was armed with a camera and a little bit of money, so I was able to walk away not only with some of the greatest memories I have, but also some souvenirs and lots of pictures. I’ve spent years figuring out how I can make my way back there. Even though I had to deal with a missing passport and finding the right kind of electrical adapters, getting to go to London proved to be one of the most inspiring and unforgettable moments of my life.

One of my favorite locations was the Tower of London. I spent a whole day reading about it’s history and seeing first hand what it was like. Probably most well known as a royal prison and place of torture, the Tower of London also served many other uses, from menagerie to stellar observatory. One of the most interesting parts of the Tower of London was seeing it’s famous ravens. The ravens that walk around the Tower have been occupants there for generations. A very old superstition keeps them there, one that says if the ravens leave, the kingdom will fall. The ravens have some of the most royal treatment of the Tower’s inhabitants, with their own personal handler and living quarters.

Everyone knows Big Ben as one of the most iconic monuments for London. Movies, stories, and art have been representing Big Ben for many, many years, and seeing it for yourself will show you why. I also recommend that you visit Parliament. This is where laws, bills, and other legislation takes place for the London government. I’ve really never been interested in the workings of government, but seeing it in action is pretty inspiring. Getting to see the “behind the scenes” government action was really special, and it amazed me how accessible it was.

Alright, I had to get my picture taken with the famous solemn-faced guards. Even though it’s pretty cliche, I just had to do it. I didn’t try to make him laugh or stick my finger up his nose or anything, as they are armed guards I’ll have you know, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stand next to one and have my picture taken. I was surprised how many locations boasted a Changing of the Guards, including the Tower of London. The gardens and parks of London are definitely worth mentioning. As a completely free way to spend your day, I really recommend going. Swans and ducks swim in the ponds surrounded by beautiful banks of flowers in every color. Walking anywhere is very special when you get to walk through the parks.

Being a woman, I of course have to mention the London shopping. I visited Camden Market was blown away by the selection. From designer bags to fishnets, Camden Market has something for absolutely everyone. So get a little bit of money, your passport, and your good walking shoes, and get ready to walk away with bags and bags of stuff.

London holds something exciting for everyone in your family. I walked away from the week-long London trip with some amazing memories, and I still dream of getting to go back there someday. If you’ve never been to London, I very highly recommend it. I promise it’s even worth having to locate that missing passport.